Local Government

Code of Conduct for Councillors

Councillors should not break the trust of the citizens they represent. Councillors have a big responsibility which means that they need to act fairly and ethically.

National Housing Subsidies

Section 26 of the constitutions says: “Everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing.” Housing subsidies are there to support people who do not have a home.

IDPs and Community Participation

An integrated development plan (IDP) is a municipality’s five-year strategic plan about how best to develop a municipality. Community members can make input into this planning tool. IDP’s can address need such as water, sanitation, electricity, HIV/AIDS..

Local Government Structures

A municipality is made up of political structures, its administration and the community. Public participation in municipal affairs is encouraged through the development of different mechanisms.

The Public Protector and how to lodge a complaint

The Public Protector is accessible to all persons and communities across South Africa who have complaints about the services offered by government, at a national level, or by your local municipality.

What is a municipality?

Local Government in South Africa consists of municipalities of various types. The largest metropolitan areas are governed by metropolitan municipalities while the rest of the country is divided into district municipalities.....

You and Your Rights: Indigent Policy (Cape Town) and Senior and Citizens

If you are 60 years old or over, the City of Cape Town offers a special rates rebate for those earning less than 10,500 per month.

Indigent Support in Cape Town Metro - Black Sash Information Sheet

You may qualify if your home is valued at less than R199,000. Benefits apply to municipal account holders or people who own or rent property.

Indigent Support in Makana Municipality - Black Sash Information Sheet

Benefits apply to municipal account holders or people who own or rent property. You can apply at your local municipal office. There is no application fee.

Indigent Support in the Ekurhuleni Metro - Black Sash Information Sheet

In order to qualify for benefits. Applicants must be a resident in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan MunicipalityApplications can be made at the Germiston Civic Centre

Indigent Support in the Tshwane Metro - Black Sash Information Sheet

You can apply for indigent support at any CoT offices by filling in a form and submitting all the required supporting documents.

Indigent Support in Emfuleni Municipality - Black Sash Information Sheet

Benefits or subsidies apply to municipal account holders or people who own or rent property. You can apply at your local municipal office. There is no application fee.

Local Government: Indigent Support in the City of Johannesburg Metro

The City of Johannesburg (‘CoJ’) has an indigent policy which it calls Siyasizana/ Expanded Social Package which is a basket of benefits allocated to its citizens based on their levels of poverty.

Local Government: Indigent Support in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

If YOU are poor and resident in the greater Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Dispatch municipal area, YOU may apply for Free Basic Services through the municipality’s Assistance to the Poor Policy.

You and Your Rights: Free Basic Municipal Services

Due to the level of unemployment and poverty within municipal areas, there are both households and citizens who are unable to access or pay for basic services; this grouping is referred to as the “indigent”.